Policy research reports

2017. "Timor Leste, Australia, and Asia's Contested Maritime Order", Maritime Dispute Resolution and the Future of Asian Order Series (Newport: Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University).


2017. "ASEAN centrality in the South China Sea", in Southeast Asian Perspectives on US-China Competition, ed. Aaron Connelly (Lowy Institute for International Policy and Council on Foreign Relations)


2015. "Indonesia's changing strategic currents", Jurnal Maritim Indonesia, November 2015, pp. 42-47.

Published by the Indonesian Navy Staff and Command College (SESKOAL).


2010. Evan A. Laksmana and Hadi Soesastro, “Indonesia” in Does Fairness Matter?, ed. Hakan Altinay, Global Economy and Development Working Paper, No. 40 (Washington: Brookings Institution), pp. 17-19


Invited presentation/talk (selected)


2018. Reshuffling the Deck? Organizational Evolution, Officer Promotion, and Military Reform in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia. University Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 8.

Abstract here and event details here.


2014. What Explains Indonesia’s Defense Transformation? Beyond Democratic Reform and the “China Threat”, Southeast Asia Forum, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Center, Stanford University, April 16

Event details here and presentation here.



2012. Indonesia’s Military Transformation: Beyond Democratic Reforms, United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Open Forum, February 23.

Event details here and summarized brief here.


Collaborative projects

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2018. Defusing the South China Sea Disputes: A Regional Blueprint.

Final report of the Expert Working Group on the South China Sea, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS Washington). See group members, activities, and previous reports here.


2018. ASEAN @50, Southeast Asia @ Risk:  What should be done?  A Prescriptive Workshop. Organized by the Southeast Asia Program and the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative in the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at Australian National University, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Read about the workshop, list of participants, and workshop report.


2012. Naval enhancement in the Asia Pacific, Study Group, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP).

Read Memorandum No. 21 here and about CSCAP here.


2010. “The Quest for the “Middle Way”: Indonesian Perspectives on Current Developments in Myanmar,” in Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma/Myanmar: Perspectives from Asia,  Task Force on U.S. Policy toward Burma/ Myanmar (New York: The Asia Society) (With Rizal Sukma)

Read about the project here.


2008. Evan A. Laksmana and Leonard C. Sebastian (editors), The Future of Indonesia beyond 2014, RSIS Conference Report (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)


Podcast and interviews (selected)

Indonesia's modernising military. Podcast with James Giggacher, New Mandala, July 21, 2015


Sea Control 78 – US China Strategic Competition and New Voices, May 12, 2015, Center for International Maritime Security (with Natalie Sambhi and Andrew Kwon)


In Deepening Ties With ASEAN, Australia Gains a ‘Strategic Hedge’, Interview (via email) with World Politics Review, March 28, 2018

See full text here.


A South China Sea Code of Conduct: A hopeful reality or a hopeless falsity?, Interview (via email) with Maritime Issues, published by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, July 28, 2017

See full text here.


ASEAN regional experts on the South China Sea ruling, Interview with AsiaLink, University of Melbourne, July 13, 2016

See full text here.